"A slum is just a place. It does not define the people who live there." - Tunde Onakoya, Chess In Slums Founder
Chess In Slums Africa is our nonprofit based out of Nigeria with aims to prove just that: that it is possible to do great things from a small place. We proved that Makoko was no exception by taking chess to the community and watching as they all became kings and queens in their own right over our two-week trip.
It broke our heart to not only learn that the boy had never had any formal education, but that he ever even got the opportunity to get educated from the start. With such amazing potential for a bright future, we are never going to give up on him. We promise.
This GoFundMe to support his life is just the start, of which we will use the money for things like a stable home, food, chess, and as a way to fund his learning.
Before concluding, I would like to give you one last anecdote.
Ferdinand actually did not know any English at all and throughout this project we would rely on friends to help translate for him. However, during our final days of the project, he spoke his first English word to our team...
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